Christmas brings us much hope as Believers! We see people stepping out of their homes and sharing a smile with people much more often. Children tend to take center stage in even the coldest of hearts. It could be in the stores, in the post office as we mail our Christmas cards, in our driveways as we talk with neighbors, and maybe even within the circle of our own family and friends. There is something about the spirit of Christmas that makes each one just a little softer, kinder, and forgiving...... and for that I am thankful and hopeful! It's a time to magnify the Lord! One such faithful mother and obedient disciple was Mary. There is a wonder surrounding Mary, the mother of Jesus, that transcends traditional religious thinking. That she was a privileged vessel, chosen to bear God's Son, is wonder enough, for she is a participant in the miracle of the incarnation at a level no other human being can comprehend or begin to understand. Truly, she may have not understood herself, but simply worshiped God in humble acknowledgment of the miracle of which she was a part. She exclaimed....."My soul magnifies the Lord." Luke 1:46 She simply walked the path of God's direction in her life. She chose to walk forward in the next step He had for her, not looking back at her past....... but forward, with hope, of what she had entrusted to Him. She lived with a servants heart ~ timeless advice for all generations. Oh, how I hope to look forward, grasping the Hand of My Savior, the Lord Jesus! Yes, He is the Reason for the Season.....Peace, Hope, Faith, and Love! My soul magnifies the Lord!!!!